03/25/12 Identified with Sinners!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Under: Sermon
The Cross has a Message Series

Text: Matthew 27:45-49

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling for Elijah!” 48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, and offered Him a drink. 49 But the rest said, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to save Him!”

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:11-14 (NKJV)

Intro: This is my forth message from my series on “The Cross has a Message” and what a message this has in relationship to Christ and the sinner. “O” by the way! That is us, we are the sinner, and we are the separated one from the perfection of a Holy, just God.

I have already shared words from Christ on the Cross: 

“Father, forgive them.” Shows His pity for men.

“Today thou shalt be with me in paradise.” Shows His power to save.

“Woman, behold thy son.” Shows His provision for those He loved.

Today my message takes us to a conversation the Son has with His Heavenly father and the fate of mankind. A fate that still shows many have chosen Hell as a permanent dwelling place. “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

- This is the word that identifies Jesus with sinners.

While Christ hung on the cross, some miraculous events happened - events which demonstrated perfectly that: The cross was a triumph, not a tragedy. The cross was the Messiah's great triumph.

1. Jesus Identifies with the Sinner’s Darkness: v. 45

"From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land."

Darkness descends over the entire earth for three hours. Many explanations for this, but this is supernatural. Say what you want, read what you want, but in reality, in God’s Divine providence He miraculously darken the Hill of Calvary to remind mankind of the ugliness of sin! It wasn’t a dark cloud or an Eclipse, wasn’t the absence of a moon, it was God! This Pictures for us the supernatural darkness brought by sin. The mind of man is darkened because of sin, by nature we are deprived.

Romans 1:21 (HCSB) “For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened.”

The deeds of men apart from God are called the works of darkness: Romans 13:11-14 (NKJV) And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

Man yields himself to Satan who is called the prince of darkness, the bible reminds us: For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. Sin in its end brings eternal darkness. Jesus, the light of the world, dies in darkness to deliver us from darkness. “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

- The darkness symbolized the darkest day of human history.
- The darkness symbolized the withdrawal of the light of God's presence from the sinner. Christ hung upon the cross as the sinner - all for us - the sinner who was becoming sin for us.
- The darkness symbolized the anger of God at sin. Sin and the sinner deserve nothing but the judgment of darkness. Sin deserves no light from God's presence, none whatsoever.

2. Jesus Identifies with the Sinner’s Uncertainty: v. 46

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”  

My God! My God! Why???? Jesus who was always so certain about everything, the experience with the doctors at age 12, at the wedding in Cana and at feeding of 5,000, when the storm was raging on the Sea of Galilee His certainty was there. Could the God of the universe who became man who never sinned soon to carry the sins of mankind on His shoulder be experiencing uncertainty? We must understand God was and is in control!

But what about us? Is there any uncertainty? The lost man lives in a world of uncertainty - Why am I here? What is life all about? This uncertainty leads to agony of soul. The spiritual agony of sin: the drunkard, the thief, the liar, the adulteress, the gossip. Do you feel the agony of soul today that comes from sin? Jesus feels it with you, He endured your uncertainty.

3. Jesus Identifies with the Sinner’s Separation from God: v. 46

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

It is Impossible for the Father to look on Him as He took the sinner’s place. He was forsaken that you might never be forsaken. The mysterious, loud cry: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me." This was the great separation, the moment when God forsook Christ, His only Son. What is the meaning of this shocking statement? The very idea that God could and would "forsake" His only Son staggers the human mind. Yet Christ shouted out: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" The meaning cannot be ventured into lightly. The meaning requires reverence and much prayerful thought. But even then, even after an eternity of prayerful thought, the depth of the meaning remains fathomless and unreachable to man.

Jesus Sensed: "Why hast thou forsaken me?" Jesus sensed that God had withdrawn His presence from Him. He sensed that God was no longer with Him. Jesus sensed that God had withdrawn His deliverance. Always in the past when Jesus was troubled, God had met His need. In times past God had sent a voice from heaven to assure Him and when He was facing the cup in the garden of Gethsemane, God had even sent an angel to strengthen Him. But now, hanging upon the cross, God had forsaken Him. There was no deliverance from God. He was left all alone.

Jesus sensed that He was bearing the curse of God, the curse of separation from God, the curse of the judgment and condemnation of God against sin: Galatians 3:13 (HCSB) “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written: Everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed.”

Jesus sensed that God's life and holiness had left Him, that He had been delivered into the hands of the enemies of life and holiness, that is, into the hands of sin and death. He was being made sin and having to die. And both sin and death were foreign to God, alien to God's nature which is life and holiness. Both sin and death stood as enemies of God and enemies to all that belonged to God. In becoming sin and in dying, Christ experienced all that was contrary to the nature of God - all that was involved in God separating Himself from sin and death.

Conclusion: A supernatural darkness hung over the land from the sixth to the ninth hour, or according to our time from noon to 3 p.m. Think for a moment. Just imagine, who it was hanging on the cross. God's only Son, the Sovereign Lord of all beings, both visible and invisible “ For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created through Him and for Him.”

What He was doing there on the cross...

• Bearing the sins of all men.
• Bearing the judgment and wrath of God against sin for all men.
• Dying the death of man for all men.
• Doing all that was necessary to free men from sin, death, and judgment so that they might live forever. John 3:16

"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" Philippians 2:8-11 (KJV)

It is not Necessary for you to Continue in Darkness and Uncertainty, will you Identify with Him?

Turn from Sin to Christ and Trust him as your Savior! Today!

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